Slash, arguably the best guitarist of all time, descended on Birmingham’s LG Arena to bring us a night of kick-ass guitar riffs and foot tapping beats.
The guitarist, best known for his top hat and long curly hair, famously split from Guns N Roses back in 1996 after an 11 year stint as the bands lead guitarist. Slash, who’s real name is actually Saul Hudson, then formed a band named ‘Slash’s Snakepit’ before disbanding in 2002 to start-up a new band which later became known as Velvet Revolve until that also came to an end back in 2008 following the departure of their lead singer, Scott Weiland.
So where is Slash now?
Well, Slash is currently touring with his third solo album. His new set up, consisting of Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy fronting the band, and ‘The Conspirators’ forming the rest, is looking dangerously close to announcing that they will in fact form together as a new super group. The band have now toured together for the last two albums and performed as support for Aerosmith earlier this year.
So how was Slash and ‘the others’ at the NEC?’
Having been a big fan of Guns N Roses growing up and unfortunately only being able to see the newly formed line up perform (albeit twice), expectations were high. I still remember the hours spent sitting in my room trying to learn Slash’s iconic riff ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ before becoming frustrated and admitting defeat (I was never very good at guitar).
It was a surreal feeling seeing the silhouette of a top hat wearing man against the LG Arena backdrop, for the first time I was dangerously close to becoming star struck, standing at the front of a nearly packed out arena show staring up at one of my idols.
Myles Kennedy’s voice sounded very similar to that of a certain Mr Rose live, luckily this was a good thing creating a sense of familiarity, complementing Slash’s riffs. Although maybe not quite the front man who Axl Rose was, Myles put on one hell of a show, and at least he was on time…..
The Conspirators did a great job at putting on a show, providing the crowd with the energy that the crowd craved, and the energy that a forever ageing Slash might not be able to show. I felt they did a great job at making their presence known, especially considering how easy it could have been for them to slip away into the background as the underdogs performing on the same stage as Rock God Slash, and another big name in the form of Myles Kennedy.
The highlight of the night has to be hearing Slash play ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ live. As a child I had grown to accept that I may never be able to experience this following his split from GNR. Luckily I was wrong. That’s one to cross off the bucket list….[review]